TAF Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Sep 30, 2017
Job Description: The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on 60 years of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The Asia Foundation has offices in 18 countries throughout Asia and is headquartered in San Francisco. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports four primary themes: Governance and Law, Women’s Empowerment, Education, and Survey/Research and Knowledge Development. In the Education department, the Foundation through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a project named, Using Technology to Improve Primary level Reading Skills. The goal of the project is to improve reading skills of Afghan government school children in primary grades (One to Three) through innovative use of a sustainable student-centered educational technology. The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) launched this project in Kabul Afghanistan in February 2016 to determine if the use of technology could be leveraged to address primary level literacy. The approach involves access to technology based educational materials for grade1-3, training administrators, teachers, parents, and students at each school. The literacy lessons, which align with Ministry of Education (MOE) standards and reading books but are much more interactive and engaging, are in the form of an Android app inserted as chips either on a phone or into an HDTV. The Foundation is proposing to build on its gains and experiences to refine the project in Kabul and expand to two additional provinces: Kandahar and Nangarhar reaching out an estimated number of 2,700 students in each province with a total of approximately over 8,000 students being served. The Foundation also estimate that across the 16 schools, approximately 300 teachers and around 60 school administrators will be trained on how to implement this project. Below are the four objectives of the project: Objective 1: Provide access to materials that encourage reading as a joyful activity Objective 2: Train teachers to integrate technology based materials into their lesson plans. Objective 3: Appropriate use and care of technology and related materials Objective 4: Raise awareness about new approaches to teaching literacy through advocacy and information sharing. Key Duties and responsibilities The Project coordinator will be responsible for supporting the four objectives of the project and provide implementation support for the project in Kabul. The coordinator with support from the Foundation and project leader will conduct the following tasks: 1. Provide logistical support for all the activities involving schools; 2. Perform data entry and assist with other activities related to M&E; 3. Assist in trouble shooting of the HD television used for instructional purpose; 4. Assist in organizing and implementing the training plan, agenda, and materials for the trainings of school management, teachers, parents and MoE members of Academic Supervision Department in coordination with trainers and school management; 5. Communicate and set appointments with schools and write minutes of the meetings 6. Draft success stories and handle communication and outreach of the project; 7. Maintain filing system and keep electronic records of all documents relevant to the project 8. Additional relevant responsibilities and tasks as arise.